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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 2, NUMBER 95
Monday, May 16, 2011

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “For them to come all the way from Tennessee to watch me play, imagine, I have no relationship with them. This is the first time I've ever seen them, for them to fly all the way over just because they like me as a player and to support me the way that they did, I'm very appreciative. It's really spectacular to see something like that.”

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BRAIN TEASER: What was the scoring average for 72 holes at this year’s Players Championship?

BANK ON IT: The PGA TOUR and Northern Trust announced a four-year sponsorship extension for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles through 2016. Northern Trust's original five-year agreement expires after the 2012 tournament. READ MORE>>>

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IRISH EYES MAY NOT BE SMILING: Rory McIlroy is in no hurry to replace troubled sponsor Lough Erne just yet. The luxury Co Fermanagh golf resort went into administration this week with debts estimated at around €30 million. But McIlroy’s manager Chubby Chandler doesn’t see any advertising space becoming available any time soon. The ISM boss does not want to risk legal action by the administrator after Henrik Stenson found himself in legal trouble two years ago when he removed the Stanford logo from his clothing. READ MORE>>>

BETTER DAYS AHEAD? Jim Kass of the National Golf Foundation said his organization expects golf to bounce back. M.G. Orender, who's been working in the golf industry since the 1970s, isn't so sure. Studies show men are less willing to spend time away from their family than they used to be. And, he said, they don't look at golf as a form of exercise. "I was out taking the trash cans in this morning and 40 guys went by me on bicycles in those skinny little clothes," Orender said. "And not a one of them was under 50. In their father's generation, they'd have been at the golf course and drinking gin afterward." READ MORE>>>

RIPPLE EFFECT: Finchem admitted that, with golf in the 2016 Olympics, HGH testing could be forced upon the PGA Tour. "It may be something that comes to our doorstep as part of golf entering the Olympics in '16 because in that year there will be a pool of players who are eligible for the Olympics and they'll be subject to whatever the standards are for the Olympic Games, which might be somewhat different than ours," he said. READ MORE>>>

DO I STAY OR DO I GO? According to the Sports Business Journal, IMG's deal with Mark Steinberg, agent to Tiger Woods, is set to expire next month. Its unknown whether Steinberg will stay, or leave and take Tiger with him.

WINNER’S CIRCLE: K.J. Choi won The Players Championship without an equipment contract. However, he managed to prevail using multiple vendor products. Choi used a TaylorMade R11 driver, PING i15 (15.5 degrees of loft) fairway wood and a TaylorMade Rescue TO hybrid (19 degrees). He chose Miura’s CB-501 (4-PW) irons (KBS Steel Shafts), as well as Miura’s Classic 54- and 60-degree wedges. His putter was an Odyssey White Hot #2 and he relied on Titleist’s Pro V1 golf ball.  Choi also wore FootJoy ICON shoes and a StaSof glove.
Darren Clarke overcame a four-shot deficit to win the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca, Spain for his 13th career European win. Clarke played TaylorMade golf equipment including the R11 driver, R11 fairway wood, a Rescue 09, Tour Preferred MB irons, xFT wedges and a Penta TP golf ball.

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NEVER EVER! Inspired by a wartime quote by Winston Churchill, Darren Clarke emerged from the wilderness to claim his 13th European Tour title at the Iberdrola Open on a windy final day at Pula Golf Club in Mallorca. “Never give in,” the English statesman told the boys of Harrow School in 1941 as the threat of Nazi Germany loomed large. “Never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” READ MORE>>>

TOUGH ENOUGH TO WIN WHEN HEALTHY: Darren Clarke said Tiger Woods' health is a worry for the sport of golf as a whole, as well as the man himself. "He's had so many operations on it and it's going to be tough for him if he's going to have to have another one again - there's only so many times they can keep going back in and operating on it.” READ MORE>>>

BABY STEPS: "One of my top 10 worst last rounds ever," he said after watching the eventual winner KJ Choi, and 13 others, whiz past him on a bewildering, embarrassing day. "It's going to hurt a little bit, of course, but two weeks ago I was in pieces with my golf game. I found it a little bit this week." READ MORE>>>

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ANSWERS: K.J. Choi speaking about “Choi's Boys.” According to PGATOUR.com it was exactly 72.000.

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